Trends in land use in the Twin Cities region
Metropolitan Council, September 2011, 4 pp.
Presents results of a land use survey conducted every five years. The report shows a decrease in acres of developed land and an increase in the acreage of land for park and recreation uses. Ten percent of the region's area is now for park and recreation uses. more info >
U.S. and Canada green city index:Assessing the environmental performance of 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities
Siemens/Economist Intellegence Unit, July 2011, 71 pp.
The green city indices assess and compare cities in terms of their environmental performance. This report, which includes Minneapolis, presents the key findings and highlights from the index, and is intended to be a tool to help cities in the region learn from each other regarding the common environmental challenges they face. more info >
Parks, playgrounds and active living
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2010, 15 pp.
Summarizes the body of evidence concerning the role of parks in shaping active lifestyles across a variety of populations, including children, seniors, lower-income families, and more. more info >
Smart growth policies: An Evaluation of programs and outcomes
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 2009, 27 pp.
This report presents the results of a comprehensive research project evaluating the effectiveness of statewide smart growth policies. more info >
The state of the great outdoors: America's parks, public lands and recreation resources
Resources for the Future, September 2009, 100 pp.
This report assesses trends in the demand and supply of outdoor recreation resources, open space, and conservation lands in the United States, including information on public and private sector funding and financing. It includes information on historical trends and examines how emerging trends will shape the use of outdoor resources in years to come. more info >
The third Minnesota report card on environmental literacy: A survey of adult environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, December 2008, 101 pp.
Statewide survey concerning environmental literacy of adults in Minnesota. It asked about knowledge of environmental topics, attitudes toward the environment, and environmental behaviors. Data are compared to data from two previous surveys. more info >
Re:Focus: Making decisions for future generations
The McKnight Foundation, October 2008, 55 pp.
Highlights the Twin Cities' outer-ring suburbs and the possibilities for their zone of growth and development. Includes planning guides and information on local organizations with the goal of engaging citizens in the decisions that impact the way their communities grow. more info >
Minnesota statewide conservation and preservation plan
University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, June 2008, 414 pp.
Charts long-term strategies for addressing critical issues and trends impacting Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. This report provides recommendations in four areas: habitat, land use, transportation, and energy/mercury. more info >
A look at community capacity to conserve open space in the Twin Cities area
Embrace Open Space, May 2008, 12 pp.
Results of a questionnaire that examined local government capacity to conserve parks and natural areas in the 11-county Twin Cities metro area. Provides a snapshot of current local government approaches to natural resource conservation and protection and the community conditions that may influence a community's ability to balance development and conservation. more info >
The Economic impact of proximity to open space on single-family home values in Washington County, Minnesota
Embrace Open Space, May 2007, 26 pp.
Presents economic research about the value of parks and open space on residential home values in Washington County, Minnesota. After taking into account other key factors, the report found that single-family residential properties near open space are worth an average of $16,750 more than those that are not. more info >
2030 Regional development framework
Metropolitan Council, January 2007, 50 pp.
Guide to "help ensure the orderly, economic development of the seven-county area and the efficient use of four regional systems: transportation, aviation, water resources (including wastewater collection and treatment) and regional parks and open space." more info >
The Economic benefits of land conservation
The Trust for Public Land, January 2007, 54 pp.
Five essays present current studies, new original research and topics for further study on the economic benefits of land conservation. Select essays address: the way parks and open space generate increased property tax revenue and yield a better return on investment than development; the economic value of urban trees; and the role of parks and open space in attracting businesses and retirees. more info >
Growth pressures on on sensitive natural areas in DNR's central region
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ameregis, January 2006, 48 pp.
Provides an assessment of the implication of growth and development on remaining sensitive natural resource areas in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Central Region and to identifies reasonable, proactive approaches that might be tried by the DNR and others to conserve resources. more info >
2006 Carver County quality of life indicators report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety. more info >
Designing and building healthy places
Resources from the CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation, and land-use decisions. more info >